This image, just released by PEO Soldier’ Program Manager for Soldier Sensors and Lasers, depicts prototype versions of the upcoming AN/PSQ-20 Enhanced Night Vision Goggle (mounted to helmet) and the Family of Weapon Sights – Individual (mounted to carbine).
The ENVG III fuses Image Intensification night vision with thermal vision while the FWS-I is a stand alone or clip on thermal sight for the M4, M16 and M249.
What is extraordinary about these two pieces of equipment is that the FWS-I can “talk” to the ENVG III. The reticle image is wirelessly transmitted to the ENVG III and appears on the display. This facilitates Rapid Target Acquisition allowing the Soldier to see where his weapon is pointed and even engage targets off axis.
While both BAE and DRS are developing a FWS-I and ENVG III product, thid photo shows prototype samples from BAE’s FWS-I and DRS’ ENVG III. Production models may differ slightly. Additionally, versions of each device may look slightly different depending on vendor. However, they will all function the same and be fully compatible.
For more details on these two new technologies, read our full story.